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27 Million Americans have Depression

Recent statisticsreveal that 10% of the Americans have depression and are even taking depression drugs, but why? What is the reason behind this phenomenon? Let’s read and find out…

American researchers have said that the use of antidepressants in the USA has multiplied between the years 1996- 2005 most probably due to a number of factors. Researchers have also discovered that antidepressants have been prescribed for around 6% persons in 1996 and they numbered 13 millions then and this number increased to 10% or 27 millions in 2005.

Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University in New York and Dr. Steven Marcus of Pennsylvania University both wrote at the journal of general psychology archives that “there’s astounding increase in antidepressantsuse and this is obvious in all socio-demographic classes that have been examined except for Afro-Americans. Not only are more Americans taking antidepressants, but those who are already given antidepressants are taking more.”

Why Depression?

Today, this disease is wide spreading to the extent that governments spend hundreds of billions on medication ….., But in vain why?

The holy Qur’an has provided us with a divine and fundamental law in the following verse:

“But whosoever turns away from My Message, verily for him is a life narrowed down, and we shall raise him up blind on the Day of Judgment.”   Ta-Ha: 124

Thus depression is the fate of any and every one who doesn’t believe in the message of Islam because Allah, The Almighty says also in the holy Qur’an:

“If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God), never will it be accepted of him; and in the hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good).”Al-i-Imran or the Family of Imran: 85 

Dear readers, a true Muslim is the last person to have depression, sadness, and despair due to what Allah, The Exalted says in the holy Qur’an:


“O my sonsgoye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of God's

soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of God's soothing mercy, except those who have no faith."   Yusuf or Joseph: 87   

Allah also says in the holy Qur’an:

“We said: "Get ye down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes to you guidance from Me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.”Baqara:38

I hope, therefore, that Muslim psychologists conduct similar research, but on believers… they will undoubtedly find that depression has absolutely no place among believers! because believers evaluate everything through the hereafter scale rather than that of this transient world; everything is from Allah and by his commands and everything that takes place is for their good, so if something good happens to them they'll be grateful and praise Allah for it and if something bad happens to them, they remain patient and this way they get rewarded and blessed either ways and find a solution and remedy while unbelievers find no remedy and get to a dead end and thus they have depression, melancholy, despair, and frustration and this is what we notice about unbelievers. Let's mediate the following great verse:

“Behold! Verily on the friends of God there is no fear, nor shall they grieve* those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;* for them are Glad Tidings, in the life of the Present and in the hereafter: no change can there be in the Words of God. This is indeed the supreme felicity.” Yunus or Jonah: 62- 64

Dear brothers and sisters, let me ask you a question, don’t you like to become one of Allah’s friends in this world? The answer is very simple; all you have to do is just to have two characteristics; faith and piety. We pray to Allah that we all be among the faithful, pious believers who are the friends of Allah. Amen.


By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel

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